Jimmy Scott

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Jimmy Scott (2004)

James Victor "Jimmy" Scott (born July 17, 1925 in Cleveland , Ohio , † June 12, 2014 in Las Vegas , Nevada ) was an American jazz singer . His trademark (nickname Little Jimmy Scott , because of his petite stature) is his rough soprano voice and a soulful vocal performance skillfully reduced to the essentials.

Live and act

The third of ten children born in Cleveland, Scott received his first lessons in the church choir and from his mother, whom he admired but lost in a car accident at the age of 13. Due to a rare hereditary disease, the Kallmann syndrome , his puberty and with it his change of voice was canceled . He had his first success in the Lionel Hampton Band, where he had the hit Everybody's Somebodys Fool in the late 1940s . On the recording, however, he was only mentioned anonymously in the credits (also later on Charlie Parker's One Night in Birdland as the singer of Embraceable You , where he was wrongly called a singer). In 1963 Ray Charles signed him for his label Tangerine and he made several recordings (such as Falling in Love is wonderful 1963, The Soul of Little Jimmy Scott 1969). After that, his career broke off and he worked in a hospital and as a lift boy in his native Cleveland. After singing Doc Pomus at the funeral of his longtime friend in 1991 , Lou Reed brought him back as a background singer for his 1992 album Magic and Loss . Also singing for the television series Twin Peaks by David Lynch brought him back to the music industry's memory, so that he brought out several new albums from the mid-1990s.

In 2007 he received the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship .

Jimmy Scott died at his Las Vegas home on June 12, 2014 at the age of 88 as a result of cardiac arrest .

Discographic notes



  • Twin Peaks , Season 2, Episode 29 (1991)
  • Scotch & Milk (1998)
  • Passion Play (2010)


  • Twin Peaks , Season 2, Episode 22 (1991) and
  • Twin Peaks - The Movie (1992), soundtrack by Angelo Badalamenti: Sycamore Trees
  • Chelsea Walls (2001), Jealous Guy from 1971
  • The City of Lost Children 1995, soundtrack by Marianne Faithfull - Who Will Take My Dreams Away


  • Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen (2002)
  • Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew (2004)
  • Village Music: Last of the Great Record Stores (2012)
  • Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home (2016)


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Peter Keepnews: Jimmy Scott, Singer Whose Star Rose Late, Dies at 88. In: The New York Times, June 13, 2014 (accessed June 15, 2014).